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Andrea Martin Joins Hairspray Live! Cast

Martin will be seen in NBC’s upcoming broadcast of the iconic musical.

Andrea Martin has joined the cast of NBC's Hairspray Live!
Andrea Martin has joined the cast of NBC's Hairspray Live!
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Two-time Tony winner Andrea Martin (Noises Off) has joined the cast of NBC's Hairspray Live! According to Entertainment Weekly, Martin will take on the role of Prudy Pingleton, the overbearing mother to Ariana Grande's Penny.

She joins a cast led by newcomer Maddie Baillio in the role of Tracy Turnblad and original Broadway Tony winner Harvey Fierstein reprising his performance as Edna, along with Garrett Clayton (Link Larkin), Ariana Grande (Penny Pingleton), Dove Cameron (Amber Von Tussle), Jennifer Hudson (Motormouth Maybelle), Martin Short (Wilbur Turnblad), Derek Hough (Corny Collins), Kristin Chenoweth (Velma Von Tussle), Sean Hayes (Mr. Pinky), and Rosie O'Donnell.

Hairspray features a Tony-winning score by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman and a Tony-winning book by Mark O'Donnell and Thomas Meehan. Based on the film by John Waters, it tells the story of Tracy Turnblad, an overweight Baltimore teen with dreams of landing a spot on a TV dance show and bringing racial integration with her.

Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, who produced the 2007 movie-musical version of Hairspray, will produce the live television edition. The Wiz Live! director Kenny Leon will take the helm, with Alex Rudzinski (Grease Live) directing for television. Jerry Mitchell will repeat his duties from the Broadway mounting as choreographer. Original Hairspray composer-lyricists Shaiman and Wittman are also on the team for the live work.